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Photos of Horrific Animal Abuse in Guangdong Hit Major Chinese Media

Posted: 09/22/2014 3:45 pm

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Photographs of a dog being dragged behind an SUV on a street in Shantou, Guangdong were uploaded by the Weibo account “Love in Shantou” on September 20, and have been reported by news outlets as varied as the People’s Daily Online, Caijing and Sina.

Details regarding this story are scarce, but the photos are horrific. They depict the dog, tied to the bumper of the SUV, dragged through busy city streets. While widely available, The Nanfang has decided not to publish them here because of their gruesome nature.

China does not have any animal anti-cruelty laws. If the driver of the vehicle with Guangdong license plate D K0213 is eventually caught and charged with a crime, it won’t be for dragging a poor animal behind a vehicle.


Photos: Sina News User Contributions


Cultural Revolution Museum on Chinese Soil Draws Critics

Posted: 06/30/2014 10:00 am

cultural revolution cosplay university graduatesIn an op-ed entitled “Don’t hide the ugly past” published in the Shenzhen Daily, Lin Min says university students, who were recently photographed imitating scenes from the Cultural Revolution, aren’t to blame for the photos because they simply lack the ability to sympathize with things they don’t understand or know (photo seen above).

Lin writes:

China has praised Germany for its honest reflections of its role during World War II and has denounced Japan for not being remorseful enough over its wartime atrocities. Now we should ask ourselves, have we owned up to our past sins?

Lin decries the lack of an official sanctioned museum to commemorate what may be one of the most important events in China’s modern history. And yet, as Lin points out, a Cultural Revolution museum does in fact exist here in Guangdong.

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Started in 2005 by Peng Qi’an, the museum is a somber reflection upon a brutal past as well as an actual graveyard. Visitors can pay their respects to the victims of the Cultural Revolution directly at a tomb that houses approximately 70 unidentified bodies buried in a mass grave there. The museum if the first museum to mark the Cultural Revolution in China.

However, the Cultural Revolution museum has been facing pressure from the local government. The museum is not officially recognized, and does not show up on local maps or have any road signs directing visitors to it.

Back in 2006, Peng had stated that the museum received about 1,000 visitors a day.

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The grandiose facility continues to remind visitors of the past through the use of many stone engravings and tablets.

Across from the statue of Liu Shaoqi in Anxi Park is a wall that displays many of the punishments meted out during the Cultural Revolution. Not far away on the palatial grounds that also house a pagoda is a commemorative wall with the names of nearly ten thousand victims who perished during the strife.

Perhaps the museum’s most significant contribution to posterity is an exhibit of stone engravings that features every one of the 628 pages from the book Cultural Revolution Museum, the 1995 book published by Yang Kelin. Here, some 1,100 photographs have been engraved onto plaques.

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Peng hopes his museum can continue to stand as a reminder of the atrocities committed from 1966 and 1976. He also has a clever answer for those who criticize his museum:

To be against the Cultural Revolution museum is to be against the Communist Party.

Peng also has choice words for what kind of people his critics are:

People who oppose are those that must have committed unspeakable acts of evil during the Cultural Revolution.

The museum is located in the Dashan Scenic Area of Lianshang Township, Chenghai District, Shantou, Guangdong. Foreign visitors wishing to tour the museum should note that all exhibits are written in Chinese only.

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Photos: Hepan, ydtz, QQ


Tropical Storm Hagibis to Hit China Later Today [UPDATED]

Posted: 06/15/2014 11:41 am

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UPDATE 2:35pm June 15: There have been train delays and suspensions of service in Guangdong due to the storm, reports the People’s Daily.

As of now, service on train G6309 has been suspended from Guangzhou South Station to Chaoshan. Train service on the Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway is limited to only 80 km an hour from Huizhou Station in Zhan’an District. Other trains have been reported late.


A code white typhoon warning is in effect as tropical storm Hagibis is expected to make landfall with mainland China later today, reports CCTV. In Hong Kong, typhoon signal number one has been hoisted.

Hagibis is estimated to land in the coastal region between Shantou, Guangdong and Xiamen, Fujian later this afternoon or evening. The four cities expected to be hit the hardest include Shantou, Shanwei, Chaozhou and Jieyang.

At 7am today Hagibis was located 280 km southeast of Shenzhen, moving in a northerly direction. It was recorded yesterday moving at a rate of five to 10 kilometers per hour, and is expected increase its rate of speed to 15 km/h upon making landfall.

Guangdong will have precipitation today with some areas like Shenzhen experiencing torrential rains. Coastal regions will experience wind rated at category eight or nine and gusts up to category 10.

Waves are expected to be very high. At 8am, the Guangdong Emergency Response Center initiated a level 3 alert, mandating the return of all sea-going vessels.

There is one positive outcome of the arriving storm: Shenzhen can expect cooler temperatures of approximately 26 degrees Celsius later today as well.

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Four New Avian Flu Cases in Guangdong and HK; Two Deaths from Prior Cases

Posted: 04/11/2014 11:38 am

Avian flu is the fatal herpes simplex B of China’s national health: a stubborn infection that keeps breaking out on the majestic face of the land.

The Center for Infectious Disease and Policy reports that there have been four new cases of avian flu that have been positively identified by authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong. These include:

  • An 81-year-old Guangzhou woman surnamed He, now living in its Liwan District, positively identified on April 8.
  • A 37-year-old Shantou man surnamed Liu, now living in its Jinping District, positively identified on April 9.
  • A 71-year-old Heyuan woman surnamed Gu, now living in its Yuancheng District, positively diagnosed on April 9.
  • An 82 year-old woman from Guangzhou surnamed Zhou, currently a Hong Kong resident. Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection stated that Zhou first contracted the H7N9 virus on April 7 in Guangzhou. Zhou was stopped when she tried to enter Hong Kong by car with two family members on Apr 8, and later positively diagnosed with avian flu.


All patients are hospitalized and are in critical or stable condition. This list of avian flu cases is in addition to the case that was positively diagnosed on April 1.

These four new cases add to a national total of 418 cases of avian flu as reported by FluTrackers, an international charity that tracks infectious diseases. 136 of these cases occurred during the first wave of the outbreak in the spring of 2013, while 282 cases have occurred during the current second wave.

An unofficial count of fatalities is now totaled at 126.



Usagi kills at least 25 in Guangdong, east coast hardest hit

Posted: 09/23/2013 2:34 pm

Typhoon Usagi, the most powerful storm of the year, has killed at least 25 people in Guangdong, BBC News reports.

A beach in Shenzhen as the typhoon made landfall, image courtesy of BBC News. All beaches in the province were closed.

The eastern part of the province was hit particularly hard, as 13 were killed in Shanwei, six in Shantou and two were killed in Jieyang, according to Nanfang Daily. Over 2.7 million people were affected in the province.

This banyan tree that was at least 40 years old was toppled in Liwan District

The Pearl River Delta was also badly affected. Hundreds of flights were cancelled from Guangzhou and Shenzhen as well as many train services.

Lessons were cancelled at local schools ahead of the typhoon, but they will resume tomorrow, according to Guangzhou Daily.

This image of a rat being thrown up into the air by the typhoon in Shenzhen did the rounds on Sina Weibo


Helicopter crashes in Guangzhou killing both people inside

Posted: 07/30/2013 7:00 am

A privately-owned helicopter crashed in Guangzhou’s Nansha District yesterday afternoon (July 29) killing both people inside, Qianzhan reports. Inside the helicopter, which belonged to the Sui X Helicopter Company, was the pilot, Mr Pan, 37, from Sichuan Province and his trainee Miss Xi, 25, from Henan Province.

The emergency 110 call was made at 4 p.m. and both people aboard were found dead at the scene. The wreckage was found in an area of wasteland in Dagang New Village.

Fortunately, unlike the military helicopter crash in Shantou last December, nobody on the ground was hurt.

The cause is being investigated. Reports indicate that the helicopter exploded in mid-air.

Onlookers gather at the scene, courtesy of Google Images.


Round-up: Images of chaos caused on local campuses by storms and floods

Posted: 05/22/2013 5:40 pm

The newly windowless classroom on the campus of Jinan University

In recent days, Sina Weibo has been flooded (pun intended) with images of the chaos caused on the province’s campuses by the storms that have killed at least 34 people in Guangdong over the past week.

One of the most striking images was that of room 612 at Jinan University after the window had been blown clean off while students were taking class. This went big on Sina Weibo under the theme of “Putting your life on the line for lessons.”

University Road in Shantou

It is not the only campus to have been turned into Venice by the floods. University Road in Shantou was also under water, causing traffic chaos.

Sun Yat Sen University saw trees collapse and streets flooded. Even corridors and classrooms were soaked by the storm. One popular meme on Sina Weibo was that on May 20, a day that is supposed to symbolise love (as the date sounds similar to “I love you” in Chinese) students could gaze over the see, or feel like they were in Venice.

Sun Yat Sen University, courtesy of Sina Weibo

Tech-savvy youngsters took to Sina Weibo to post images of flooding at South China Normal University, South China Agricultural University, South China University of Technology, and other campuses. You can see some examples here.


Traffic hell: 70km long traffic jam following accident on Shenzhen-Shantou highway

Posted: 04/3/2013 5:44 pm

The photos of this traffic jam aren’t pretty.

An accident has caused a huge pileup on the Shenzhen-Shantou highway.  Cars are currently backed up for more than 70 kilometres after an accident shortly after 3pm today (April 3).  The long stretch of road has become a virtual parking lot, with people getting out of their cars because nobody’s moving.

If you have plans to head to Shantou, best shelve them for a while. If you must go though, police are asking people to take highway 324 instead.


Back to the daily grind, we tell you what you missed

Posted: 10/7/2012 8:45 am

The last of China’s great weeklong holidays is done for this year, and we hope you celebrated in style. We’ve got a roundup of a few noteworthy events from the past week in the PRD, leading off with a story from Hong Kong that made international headlines.

Mainland and Hong Kong give conflicting accounts of rescue operation
China’s central government ordered Guangdong Province to send four salvage vessels to help after the Lamma Island ferry collision that killed 38 on the night of Oct. 1, according to CCTV.

However, accounts differ as to what extent mainland China contributed to the rescue operation.

At approximately 20:20, the Sea Smooth, a vessel that was taking power plant workers and their families to see a firework display, crashed into the Lamma IV on the port side. 38 people perished.

Hong Kong authorities were vexed by a claim made by China News Service that ships from the mainland helped rescue 95 people, saying that the ships were never used, according to Global Post.

Hong Kong Satellite TV slammed the agency for lacking “basic professionalism.” It seems that relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland are only going one way.

Fight over iPad causes miscarriage
A couple attacked a woman, causing her to have a miscarriage, after claiming to have lost their iPad in their store, according to Shanghaiist.

After the couple exited a toiletry shop owned by the woman, Miss Liu, around 3 p.m. October 2, they noticed their white iPad was missing. After a frantic search they took their anger out on Liu, including giving her a kick to the stomach.

It was later decided that a medically induced miscarriage was necessary and the couple was detained.

This proves once and for all that Apple products don’t so much have owners as host bodies.

Foshan Airport opens up four new journeys
Foshan Airport will open up new routes to Chongqing, Xi’an, Shantou and Zhanjiang, as well as an extra journey to Beijing starting Oct. 10, according to Nanfang Daily.

The planes used will be Boeing 737-800 and will have 163 seats.

Tickets to Chongqing will cost 1180 yuan, tickets to Xi’an will cost 1490 yuan, tickets to Kanjiang will cost 1070 yuan and tickets to Shantou will cost 970 yuan, according to the paper. The relative competitiveness of the prices may be down to the new railway lines we told you about.

Despite higher ticket prices, airlines do have one obvious advantage over high speed rail. The flights to Beijing Nanyuan will take 2 hours 30 mins, to Kanjiang will take 1 hour, to Shantou will take 1 hour, to Chongqing will take 2 hours 20 mins, and to Xi’an will take 2 hours 35 mins, according to the airport.

Unmarried woman sells her son for 50,000 RMB
A 21 year-old woman named Xiao Juan has sold her son for 50,000 RMB in Guangzhou, according to Nanfang Daily.

Xiao Juan, who is originally from Guangxi, was struggling financially after living in Guangzhou for four years. She decided to sell her son, who was born out of wedlock this year. After selling the baby to a couple in Foshan’s Xiqiao Subdistrict, the couple went missing before paying the whole sum.

Xiao Juan reported the couple to police on Sept. 24, and three were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. Xiao Juan will also face charges. This all reminds one of the phrase, “there are no heroes, only different shades of villain.”

Chinese-language contest for expats
Shenzhen Daily will host the third annual Shenzhen Expats Chinese Talent Competition in November. Applicants must be expats who live in the PRD and be at least 6 years old.

The competition, expected to be held at Shenzhen’s Futian Shangri-la, consists of two parts. The first part will involve a five-minute speech on a given topic, and the second part will involve a performance such as a Chinese song, poetry recital or stand-up comedy.

If you think you can mix it with the best, then apply before Oct. 26. You can print off a copy of the application form here.

Family of three drops to death from 12th-story window
A family of three fell to its death in Guangzhou on Sept. 27, a story found by The Nanfang’s Katei Wang here.

The corpses of the couple, 57 and 58 years old, and their daughter, 22, were found on the third floor of the Zhonghai Lanwan residential community in the city’s Panyu District the following day.

It was later discovered that the family was in considerable debt and this may have driven them to suicide.


Shenzhen rushes to raise taxi fuel surcharge, violating its own regulations

Posted: 03/28/2012 3:56 pm

With the price of gas in China continuing to soar, surpassing even US fuel prices last week, Shenzhen has decided to further raise its taxi fuel surcharge from 1 RMB to 4 RMB per ride, Yangcheng Evening News reports.

The higher fuel surcharge was originally meant to take effect starting March 21, in accordance with an official nationwide gas price hike announced on March 20. However, as that decision generated intense dissatisfaction among the public—taxi drivers and taxi companies in particular—the Shenzhen government decided to temporarily offset the new prices, which took effect in the city on Monday this week (March 26).

Yet, based on regulations regarding the raising of gas prices in Shenzhen, passed after a public hearing held in August 2009, fuel surcharges many only be increased following a two-month observation period. As of Monday this week, only seven days had passed since Beijing issued its decree to raise gas prices.

Shenzhen’s justification has been that international oil prices has been rising steadily and are very unlikely to fluctuate drastically within a short period, thus there was no need to set an observation period this time.

That explanation has failed to convince citizens. According to Zheng Xueding, a citizen who attended the public hearing at which the two-month observation period regulation was passed, there were no clauses written into the document allowing for such an exemption in the process of adjusting prices. Moreover, it states clearly that during any time in which gas prices lie between 7.14 and 8.41 RMB per liter, the tax fuel surcharge for taxis is fixed at 2 RMB per ride.

The current price for #93 gas in Shenzhen is 8.37 RMB per liter, but the city’s fuel surcharge has rested at 3 RMB for quite some time.

Guangzhou city hall has stated publicly that fuel surcharges will not be raised for the time being. In Shantou, the city’s Price Control Administration announced this week that a hearing will be held in April to debate a proposal to raise the starting fare for Shantou taxis from the current 5 RMB to 10 RMB.

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